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Author Quine, Cat, author.

Title Casting down the Host of Heaven : the rhetoric of ritual failure in the polemic against the Host of Heaven / by Cat Quine
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Series Oudtestamentische Studiën, Old Testament studies published on behalf of the Societies for Old Testament Studies in the Netherlands and Belgium, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland. ; volume 78
Oudtestamentische studiën ; d. 78.
Contents Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Part 1 The Host of Heaven and a New Approach -- Chapter 1 Pervasive Yet Elusive: Content and Context -- 1 The Multivalent Host of Heaven -- 1.1 The Host and the Divine Army -- 1.2 The Host and the Celestial Bodies -- 1.3 The Host and the Divine Council -- 1.4 The Host and the Divine Congregation -- 1.5 The Undefined Host -- 2 A Multivalent Corpus: Previous Approaches to the Polemics -- 2.1 Imperialism and Religion -- 2.2 The Deuteronomistic History -- 2.3 Cult in Exile -- 2.4 The Crossroads
3 The Way Forward: Ritual and the Polemic Against the Host -- Chapter 2 Ritual and Rhetoric: an Overview -- 1 Ritual and Context -- 2 The Persuasive Nature of Ritual -- 3 Textualized Rituals and Ritualized Texts -- 4 The Dangers of Ritual Failure -- 5 Summary: Ritual, Rhetoric, and the Polemical Texts -- Chapter 3 Ritual and Polemic in the Hebrew Bible -- 1 Polemic as a Product of Competing Worldviews -- 2 Polemic against Ritual as a Response to Social Upheaval -- 3 Polemic against Ritual Innovation -- 4 Summary: Polemic against Ritual and Its Implications
4 Destroying and Discarding Failed Rituals and Their Practitioners -- Chapter 8 Perceived Ritual Failure and the Development of the Biblical Texts -- 1 Ambiguity and Negotiation -- 2 Ritual as Cause of and Solution to Crisis -- 3 Textualized Rituals and Ritual Control -- 4 Ritual Failure and the Development of the Biblical Texts -- Conclusions -- Bibliography -- Index of Biblical Texts -- Index of Modern Authors
Summary "In Casting Down the Host of Heaven Cat Quine analyses the ambiguous nature of the Host and explores the role of ritual in the polemic against their worship. Although commonly assumed to be YHWH's divine army, the book reveals their non-military and fluid nature. Quine demonstrates that it was the fluidity of the Host and their roles in the divine realm that permitted the creation of wide-ranging polemic against their worship. Her analysis shows that this polemic was expressed in ritual terms which persuaded its audiences, both ancient and modern, of its legitimacy and authority"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 10, 2022)
SUBJECT Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Old Testament fast
Subject Host of heaven -- Cult
Rites and ceremonies in the Bible.
Polemics in the Bible.
Rites and ceremonies in the Bible
Polemics in the Bible
Gods, Canaanite
Gods, Phoenician
Gods, Semitic
Gods, Syrian
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020002387
ISBN 9789004424395